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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

A History of Mormons and Homosexuality

The LDS Church supported California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Photo by waltarrrrr, CC via Flickr

Monday, we’re talking about the complicated relationship between the Mormon Church and homosexuality. Our guest is historian Gregory Prince who is working on a history that includes the public and not-so-public campaigns against same-sex marriage and their attempt at punishing and curing same-sex attraction. He also examines whether the LDS theology of an afterlife will ever have room for gay people. Prince is coming to Utah, and joins us to talk about Mormons and Gays.

Gregory Prince is an independent historian whose books include David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism [Indiebound|Amazon] and Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History [Indiebound|Amazon]. The working title of latest is Mormons and Gays.

Prince will be in Utah this Wednesday evening to deliver the 2017 Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture for the University of Utah's Tanner Humanities Center. His talk is called Science vs. Dogma: Biology Challenges the LDS Paradigm. The free event is at the downtown Salt Lake City Public Library and begins at 7:00 p.m.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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